Information Provider Creates Free Resource to Help Minimize the Impact Humans Have on the Environment

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EBSCO Publishing releases GreenFILE™; making it easy to research environmental impact and green alternatives.

We are committed to actively adding content to the database to methodically increase its value over time because we want people to have the best information to use when making decisions about their impact on the environment.

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) is one of the best-known aggregators of information, and as a company that has explored its own environmental impact, EBSCO has decided to use its expertise to make it easier for others to go green. As such, GreenFILE™, a bibliographic database of information about environmental concerns, is being made freely available at Global warming, energy conservation, natural resources and pollution are important issues for global citizens, and there is a growing awareness that the way people treat the environment today will have far-reaching effects in the future. GreenFILE allows anyone on the Web to access information about these important topics and many more.

GreenFILE is available on EBSCOhost®, one of the most-used research services available in libraries, universities, corporations, schools, medical institutions and government agencies around the world. EBSCOhost databases are usually available by institution-level subscription only, but EBSCO is making GreenFILE available to anyone interested in resources related to the impact that humans have on the environment.

GreenFILE covers content going back more than 35 years and contains backfiles to volume one, issue one for Bioscience, Journal of Environmental Planning & Management , Journal of Ecology, and Conservation Biology and these backfiles are unique to GreenFILE. The database also contains bibliographic information for key non-scholarly titles such as: E -The Environmental Magazine, Natural Life, and Mother Earth News. The database contains nearly 300,000 records, full text for certain titles and searchable sited references for more than 200 titles as well.

GreenFILE is a resource designed to help individuals and organizations interested in reducing the negative impact and increasing the positive impact they have on the environment. The database includes information for individuals, such as installing solar panels and recycling; for corporations needing information on green agriculture, hybrid cars or waste management; as well as environmental laws, regulations and studies. The goal is for GreenFILE to be a practical tool for everyday information and a resource for academic study and classroom activities.

Tim Collins, president of EBSCO Publishing, says after taking steps to improve EBSCO's environmental awareness, it made sense to leverage the company's expertise as a content provider to make this important information available. "The hope is that GreenFILE will be a resource for people who are concerned about the environment and want well-researched but accessible information about how to reduce their own impact." Collins says, "We are committed to actively adding content to the database to methodically increase its value over time because we want people to have the best information to use when making decisions about their impact on the environment."

EBSCO Publishing has taken steps small and large to lessen its environmental impact. It has installed two separate solar electric arrays at its Ipswich headquarters; it is converting its fleet of cars to hybrids and has installed energy management systems in its buildings and data centers. The company is a member of The Green Grid. The Ipswich Company has also created a Green Team of employees which has led to larger recycling programs, lunchtime seminars and a full public transportation reimbursement program for employees.

To access GreenFILE, go to For additional information about EBSCO's green initiatives go to

About EBSCO Publishing:
EBSCO Publishing is the world's premier database aggregator, offering a suite of more than 200 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). The company's product lines include proprietary databases such as Academic Search™, Business Source®, CINAHL®, DynaMed™, Literary Reference Center™, MasterFILE™, NoveList®, SocINDEX™ and SPORTDiscus™ as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as ATLA Religion Database™, EconLit, INSPEC®, MEDLINE®, MLA International Bibliography, The Philosopher's Index™, PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at:, or contact: information @

EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.


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